Vanderbilt boasts two winners of Guggenheim fellowships this year: Beth Bachmann, writer-in-residence in English, received a fellowship in poetry, and John Powers, BA’01, assistant professor of sculpture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, received a fellowship in the fine arts division for his sculpture.
Bachmann’s most recent book, Do Not Rise (2015, University of Pittsburgh Press), was selected by poet Elizabeth Willis for the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award. Her poems have been published in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review and Tin House, among other journals, and have been anthologized in Best New Poets for 2005 and 2007.
Powers’ sculpture has been featured in The New York Times, World Sculpture News, Sculpture Magazine, Art Forum, The Huffington Post, Art in America, The Boston Globe, and on CBS News Sunday Morning. Vanderbilt Magazine featured his work in the Spring 2015 issue.